NH4K - Pierce, Eisenhower, Monroe, WASHINGTON! (ADVANCED)

  • March 16, 2013 · 6:30 AM

Event Organizer: Joe Ciarcia -[masked]

Please RSVP only if you are attending. If you do not plan to attend, an RSVP is not required (simply do nothing :-) ).


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event. If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


Because of the advanced nature of this hike (steep climb, above treeline travel, lots of miles, and lots of elevation gain) all potential participants need to answer the questions and sign-up for the waiting list. Only sign-up if you have similar experiences THIS winter - I will give preference to people who have hiked with us this winter. I will let people know if they will be added to the trip within 24-48 hours of them joining the wait list. The limit for this trip will be 12 people.



What we're doing:

Take two, the initial version of this hike had a small oversight (the road to the lot where I intended to park is closed, D'OH). That would have added a ~2+ mile road walk and I'd rather be in the woods so instead of that, we're adding a mountain! It's the last weekend in winter and the plan is to climb three four of the 4,000 foot summits in NH. Starting along the Crawford Path we ascend 2354 feet to Mt. Pierce (#27 @ 4,310'). From Pierce we continue along the Crawford Path and hit Mt. Eisenhower (#11 @ 4,780'), via the Eisenhower loop trail. From Eisenhower we work our way back to the Crawford Path taking a detour at the Monroe Loop Trail to the summit of Monroe (#4 @ 5,384'). From Monroe with hike just under 2 miles and ascend about 1250 feet to the summit of Mt. Washington (Numero Uno @ 6,288'). If we can get a repeat performance of this past weekend's weather, we're going to have an unbelievable day! No guarantees but one can be hopeful. From the summit of Mount Washington we hop on the Gulfside Trail and continue the rest of the way down via the Jewell Trail.

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike given the current conditions.


Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) trip we will hike about ~13.85 miles and climb  5,834 feet - Book time is 9 hours, 49 minutes. Book time is based upon summer conditions and does not account for breaks and winter conditions.

This event is considered to be ADVANCED because of the pace, distance, elevation gain and alpine zone exposure. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.



Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.


Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - you will need things like warm layers, wind protection, goggles, snow shoes, traction and sunscreen. I will update everyone if weather conditions dictate that we bring more than what is described here. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions contact me.

  • Click for a list of items needed for a winter day hike (Appalachian Mountain Club)
  • Current conditions require mountaineering snowshoes, Microspikes/Hillsounds, as well as full mountaineering crampons.
  • It's getting toasty out there. Don't forget to bring enough water to stay hydrated for the entire trip. Also, don't forget your sunscreen. On days like we had last week, the sun doesn't only shine down upon us, it shines up as well.

If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate.



We will be meeting in the parking lot of the Cog Railway Station where we will be spotting cars. Once everyone has arrived we will leave a few cars behind and carpool to the trailhead. According to Google Maps this spot is about 162 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours 48 minutes to drive there.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.


Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Mike 5.

    Great hike Joe. Awesome job finding the trail. I give it a 9 on a scale of 1-10

    March 17, 2013

  • David D.

    Epic hike!!

    March 17, 2013

  • David D.

    Great, see you tomorrow.

    March 15, 2013

  • David D.

    Where are we meeting tomorrow?

    March 15, 2013

    • Joe C.

      We'll stick with the original plan of meeting at the cog station. We'll leave a car behind and head to the trailhead from there. FWIW, this is beyond extremely optimistic but may as well have a car waiting just in case things turn favorable for summiting Washington but right now the forecast is for sustained winds of 25 to 40 MPH (and that's likely to be worse on Washington herself) from the NW shifting to the west which means we'd either be broadsided for the entire hike or hiking into the wind if we hit Washington. As of now Washington itself is a no go (in the interest of self preservation... it'll be there next winter). The backup plan is an out and back to Pierce->Ike and evaluate for Monroe at Ike. If we do an out and back to Monroe it will be about 14 miles.

      See you tomorrow.

      March 15, 2013

  • Joe C.

    The higher elevations weather forecast for Friday is highs in the single digits with wind chills at -20 to -30. If that holds for Saturday I'm going to cancel this and look for something a little lower, and further south. I'll post an update as soon as the MWOS posts the Saturday WX forecast.

    March 14, 2013

    • David D.

      Sounds good. I have winter gear so I wouldn't mind the original plan with the wind chills.

      March 15, 2013

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